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Old 07-05-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Fresno,ca
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Im thinking about moving to the Norfolk area or Virginia beach......it seems to me it's incredibly cheap out there...compared to where im living at right now in california. So im wondering, How's the Atmosphere out there, Are people really friendly and welcome new comers. How about the lifestyle out there? Is this a diverse area ? Is there a lot of jobs out there i can go for? Some one care to clue me in on these questions.....thanks =)
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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We're pretty versatile. Alot of military personnel and retired as well as ex-military. Compared to California, we're more laid back, take our time (most of the time). We certainly do not drive 100 mph on our interstates
Newpapers are loaded with jobs, it all depends on what you are looking for. HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com can help you in their career center.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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I don't know what specific neighborhoods you are looking at, but in the oceanfront areas we looked at, we found Norfolk people to be more welcoming. We keep our boat in Norfolk and most of our friends are there, however, I do not feel safe in most public areas in Norfolk after dark, which is why we chose to buy in VA Beach. It's taken us a quite a while to make friends in VA Beach, but we are slowly being welcomed.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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You can make great friends here, but Hampton Roads itself is transient area due to the military personnel coming and going. Navy personnel are often stationed in one area for more than 4 years at a time, but you still might see a good friend move away.

The flip side of that is that you get to meet tons of new people all the time!

Yes, it's an extremely diverse area. We love that!!
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Yep, met some pretty neat people while living here. It sure isn't boring and if you think it is, get outta that recliner, turn off that computer and enjoy life. We took our bikes to the boardwalk today and played tourist (we had better tans though LOL).
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Fresno,ca
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i'll be out and about a lot.... i love being outdoors...=) it's just awesome to be exploring places and seeing new sights... i love it..
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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In my opinion, Virginia Beach is not very welcoming to newcomers. Many who lives in this city feel a superiority complex that is quite annoying. Erma, jhrichmond, myself, and the other Virginia Beachians on this board deviate from the norm - we're all really accepting people. But as a whole, Virginia Beachians take a while before extending the hand of friendship. I don't know why this is.

Norfolk is more accepting of newcomers from what I've seen. The people tend to be less self-focused and more laid back on life.

Then again, one of the most reasonable explanations is that Virginia Beach (government) is trying to push out the Blue Collars and pull in the White Collars - except the ones that are coming in are rude as heck. The Blue Collars that work in Virginia Beach have been sorta pushed into Norfolk and Chesapeake - bringing their laid back, no frills lifestyles with them. Not to mention that Norfolk's real estate market is considerably less pricey than Virginia Beach - leading a lot to buy a bigger plot of distinct house in Norfolk over a cookie cutter in Virginia Beach.

I hope this helps you find a city.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Miramar Beach, FL
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I would have to agree that Norfolk is more welcoming and more accepting of new residents. It is a little more diverse in Norfolk and not as "cliquish" as Va Beach. I have lived in both so that is just my personal opinion. Norfolk had more of a cultural aspect and not the "cookie cutter" homes that was previously mentioned.....at least the Ghent area where I lived. I have also lived right on the Oceanfront in VB so I have the best of both, you just have to come down and see for yourself what area you feel more comfortable with! Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I think the differences in opinions has alot to do with careers. Some say Virginia Beach is very expensive and the jobs don't pay enough, while others are quite content with the cost of living and wages. Norfolk's land taxes are higher because they have no place else to build. The Government/Military owns alot of land. Virginia Beach however could build for another 10+ years and still keep their taxes lower. Norfolk's real estate tax rate is 1.40% while Va Beach is 1.22%. Here is a link that can pretty much explain the cities in Hampton Roads. I think alot of the "superiority" has to do with the business class who travel to this area.

Real Estate in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake and all of Hampton Roads.
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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VB's property tax rate is actually .89%.
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